NOAA reports detail economic impact of fishing

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Recreational fishing generated $58 billion in sales and $19 billion in income and supported 381,000 jobs in 2012 in fishing and across the broader economy, according to a new NOAA Fisheries economic report.

U.S. commercial and recreational saltwater fishing generated more than $199 billion in sales in 2012, a gain of 7 percent from the previous year, with the economic impact of fishing jobs increasing 3 percent from 2011 to 2012.

Further, two more fish stocks were rebuilt to target levels in 2013, bringing the number of rebuilt U.S. marine fish stocks to 34 since 2000, according to another NOAA Fisheries report that also was released Tuesday.

“These two reports highlight the steady rebuilding of U.S. fisheries and the broad and positive economic impact of commercial and recreational fishing to the nation’s economy. These reports are an excellent example of the environmental intelligence NOAA uses and provides every day,” said assistant NOAA administrator for fisheries Eileen Sobeck. “Fishing is big business and culturally important in our country. On top of that, it supports a lot of jobs.”

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